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1bn digital TV homes by year-end

There will be more than 1 billion digital TV households across 138 countries by end-2014, up by 130 million on 2013 and by 461 million from the 590 million recorded in 2010, according to a report from Digital TV Research. The Digital TV World Household Databook estimates that

AT&T: DirecTV deal boosts competition but won’t lower prices

Randall Stephenson, Chairman, CEO, and President of AT&T, has told the United States House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Laws that there are “significant” consumer benefits of AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV, and that the transaction would enhance rather than reduce competition. He also claimed that a merger would “dramatically” improve the economic […]

SFR, Numericable tie-up confirmed

Vivendi, Altice and Numericable have confirmed that they have signed the definitive agreement regarding a combination between mobile telco SFR and cable MSO Numericable following what is described as “a very constructive dialogue” with the Employee Works Councils concerned. The Vivendi Supervisory Board unanimously selected the Altice-Numericable offer for SFR on April 5. They deemed that this offer will create […]

NCTA disputes STB power claims

US cable industry trade body the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) has reacted to a report in the LA Times which suggested that cable TV boxes have become second-biggest energy users in many homes, describing them as hogs that feed in the sleep. In a blog post, the NCTA notes that in March 2014, it reported that the new […]

Survey: Most Americans oppose Comcast/TWC merger

Most consumers in the United States oppose the proposed merger of the country’s biggest cable TV and broadband Internet providers, according to a new survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. The $45.2 billion deal, which would combine Comcast with Time Warner Cable, is subject to approval by the Federal Communications Commission. Cable TV companies rank among the least […]

Dutch digital connections up to 6.72m

The number of digital TV connections in the Netherlands grew by 0.9 per cent during the first quarter of this year to 6.72 million on 31 March, according to Telecompaper. The total TV connections grew during the quarter to 7.74 million. The share of digital TV on the whole TV market has grown to 86.8 per cent, which includes 3.71 […]

Cable industry calls for pan-European spectrum strategy

Speaking at the 9th Annual European Spectrum Management Conference in Brussels, Cable Europe Executive Chairman Matthias Kurth has urged participants from all sides of the spectrum debate to work together towards a European-wide spectrum strategy. Kurth, addressing how best to meet the long term needs of Europe’s spectrum users, championed the two principles of coexistence and future oriented planning to […]

Ovum: 2014 most accessible World Cup ever


This summer’s football World Cup is proving to be the most accessible in the tournament’s history, with broadcast and streaming services available on up to 5.9 billion screens globally. This is according to research firm Ovum, which reveals that PCs, tablets, and smartphones are providing alternatives to conventional TV viewing, accounting for 57 per cent of all screens. However, with […]

Viettel adds cable to IPTV offering

Responding to the need to expand its service offerings to build market share and reduce churn. Viettel, Vietnam’s largest telecom operator, is deploying the Ericsson Multi-platform Video Processing solution with the Ericsson AVP 4000 system encoder to enable the delivery of cable TV alongside its existing IPTV services. Ericsson has provided Viettel with a solution optimised for scale and reliability, […]

Com Hem IPO SEK 58 per share

Swedish triple-play operator Com Hem has confirmed an offer price of SEK 58 (€6.45) per share in its initial public offering of newly issued shares. Admission to trading and listing on the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm will take place today, June 17, 2014. The Offering was over-subscribed several times and attracted strong interest among Swedish and international institutional investors as well […]

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